This handsome soft back catalogue includes illustrations of all pictures in the Gallery 8, Duke Street, London exhibition. Measuring 24 x 30 cm, matching previous publications of Nick Schlee's work, it is large enough to give a very clear idea of the exhibition. The introduction gives the thinking behind the series.
“Inever really did trust abstract pictures. Thy were often seductive in their colour and composition. But they played on mysenses without revealing exactlywhere they were coming from. Like some music, theydid not have a ‘story line’ that would help me navigate my senses safely through the colour and lines, tones and textures that were their weapons of attack.”
“I have selected portions of the painting that when seen in close up seem to have sufficiently powerful brushstrokes, rhythm and pattern to qualify them for becoming the subject of a large canvas. Sometimes I have turned them on their side to deny the viewer the possibility of seeing too readily the reality from which they were derived. Even, in some cases, the colour or tones have been altered toenhance their attraction.”